Martin Dobson was born in Manchester, England, in 1947, and has been influenced by visual images from infancy. He started painting professionally and exhibiting in the early 1970s while working in commercial photography. He had formal art instruction, but he gained a lot of knowledge through his interactions with other artists. Martin’s primary focus has been on experimenting with the interaction of light and form to create tonal atmospheric avocations, which are typically represented as a limited palette or near-monochrome pieces.
For many years, the focus of painting was on images inspired by recollections of steam trains.
Involved in several exhibits on this subject, typically alongside other genre practitioners (one of them is Trevor Grimshaw).
Beginning in the early 1980s, there was a shift in attention in the rural environment, mostly due to photography work in rural and coastal regions, as well as a growing dissatisfaction with city life.
Martin has always considered painting and photography to be equally stimulating and views them as complementary components in the same piece of landscape visual expression. He also discovers a helpful cross-feeding and understanding from one field to the next.